Saturday, November 15, 2014

Swedenborg & Stockholm






















Katariinan kirkko Tukholman Södermalmilla Pyhäinpäivänä. Kuljettuamme ensin Swedenborgin jalanjäljissä Upsalan Tuomiokirkkoon asti, palasimme kaupunkiin, jonka mukaan Gary Lachman on antanut hänelle arvonimen The Magus of Stockholm. Katariinan kirkosta löysimme Martin Lönnebon rukoushelmet Frälsarkransen ja niiden käyttöoppaan englanniksi. Se alkaa Kreikan saarilta ja noudattaa pitkälti alkuperäistä kreikkalaista rukousnauhaperinnettä, tosin moderniin ruotsalaiseen tyyliin sovellettuna, vapaasti ja yksilöllisesti, kirkollisten oppien raja-aitojen tuolle puolen ulottuen. Yllä olevan kuvan otti Laura Vilva. Alla oleva piirros ja kuva AF.






















There is just as much warmth and light in the spiritual world as there is in the physical world, but the warmth there is spiritual and so is the light. Spiritual warmth is the good that thoughtfulness does and spiritual light is the truth that faith perceives. Now, since the only possible source of warmth and light is a sun, it stands to reason that there is a different sun in the spiritual world than there is in the physical world. It also stands to reason that because of the essential nature of the spiritual world's sun, spiritual warmth and light can come forth from it, while because of the essential nature of the physical world's sun, physical warmth [and light] can come forth from it. The only possible source of anything spiritual - that is, anything that has to do with what is good and true - is divine love and wisdom. Everything good is a result of love and everything true is a result of wisdom. Any wise individual can see that this is their only possible source. People have not realized before that there is another sun besides the sun of our physical world. This is because our spiritual nature has become so deeply involved in our physical nature that people do not know what the word "spiritual" means.
-Emanuel Swedenborg / Sapientia angelica de divino amore (English translation by George F. Dole)